.Police in Northern California say the quick-thinking of school staff saved lives in a deadly shooting spree yesterday. Tehama [[Tay-HAY-ma]] County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston says that as soon as shots rang out about a quarter mile away, the staff at Rancho Tehama Reserve school immediately went on lockdown.
The shooter – identified as 43-year-old Kevin Janson Neal – soon arrived on campus, ramming his truck through the gate. And while he tried to get into the school, he also gave up because the doors were locked. Still, he fired through windows and walls. The gunman was eventually shot and killed by police. The shooting spree left four adults dead and ten hurt, including one of the students. Another child was struck in a car.
But what happened in the end, is almost as bizarre as why it began in the first place. Officials say the gunman who was known for violent tendencies, was involved in a domestic violence situation earlier this week - as well as a stabbing before that. They say he also killed his neighbor before stealing the dead man’s truck and driving off - and was firing off as he drove. Before he was done, there were actually sevenshooting locations. It’s been reported he had at least three weapons, which he was unlicensed to have.
- "This guy was bent on driving by residences and arbitrarily shooting at them," Sheriff Johnston said of the gunman. "This guy was on a killing rampage, he was driving up and down the street shooting at passerbys [sic], and uninvolved residences."